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Bailee Madison

At the 2008 MovieGuide Faith and Values Awards Gala
Born October 15, 1999 (1999-10-15) (age 10)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Official website

Bailee Madison (born October 15, 1999) is an American child actress. She is most famous for her role in the 2007 film adaption of Katherine Paterson's Newbery Medal-winning novel Bridge to Terabithia in which she plays May Belle Aarons, the younger sister of Jesse Aarons. She films a webshow with her baby-sitter, Disney Channel Star, Samantha Droke.[1] Her sister, Kaitlin Riley, also is an actress.


Life and career

Madison was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She made her major motion picture debut in the movie Lonely Hearts alongside Salma Hayek and John Travolta in which she plays Rainelle, a girl thrown into the midst of a world of crime. Madison also has a significant role in the Disney movie, Bridge to Terabithia, based on the children's book. She plays Maybelle, who is the younger sister of the lead male character played by Josh Hutcherson. She also appears in the darker independent film Look as Megan, a young girl who is being watched and followed by a kidnapper. She also had a small role in Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles season 1 finale "What He Beheld" as a little girl who becomes part of a short lived hostage situation. In the DvD extras it is said that they thought about changing the role slightly because of its violent nature, but she had insisted them not to. Bailee can also be seen in Nickelodeon's made-for-TV movie, The Last Day of Summer. She plays a young girl who helps a friend during a difficult time. Another Nickelodeon production she had a role in was the television Christmas special, Merry Christmas Drake and Josh. She played a little girl that lived with a foster family. Bailee began her career when she was only two weeks old in an Office Depot commercial. Since then she has appeared in several national commercials for major companies including Disney, SeaWorld, and Cadillac. She will also be seen in Brothers as Isabelle Cahill, the oldest daughter of Captin Sam Cahill and his wife Grace.

Bailee has stated her faith as Christian.[2]

Madison will be seen alongside Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce in her first leading role as Sally Hurst in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.


Year Film Role Notes
2006 Lonely Hearts Rainelle Downing First film role
2007 CSI: NY Rose Duncan Television series (Episode "Boo")
House Lucy Television series (Episode "Act Your Age")
Judy's Got a Gun Brenna Lemen Television series (Episode "Pilot")
Unfabulous Young Addie Singer Television series (Episode "The Test")
Television series (Episode "The Birthday")
Cory in the House Maya Television series (Episode "Mall of Confusion")
Television series (Episode "I Ain't Got Rhythm")
Bridge to Terabithia[3] May Belle Aarons Supporting Role
Saving Sarah Cain Hannah Cottrell Television movie
The Last Day of Summer[4] Maxine Television movie
Look Megan Credited as Bailee Madison Williams Holte
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Little Girl Television series (Episode "What He Beheld")
Phoebe in Wonderland Olivia Lichten
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh[5] Mary Alice Johansson Television movie
2009 Brothers Isabelle Cahill Supporting Role
2010 An Invisible Sign of My Own [6] Young Mona Gray Post-production
Betty Anne Waters[7] Young Betty Anne Release: Fall 2010
Letters to God Samantha Perryfield Release: April 9, 2010
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark[8] Sally Hurst Post-production
Eloise in Africa Eloise First voice role pre-production
2011 Just Go With It Maggie Filming Release: February 11, 2011

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Result Role
Young Artist Award 2008 Best Performance in a Feature Film Young Actress Age Ten or Younger Won May Belle Aarons in Bridge to Terabithia
Best Performance in a TV Series Guest Starring Young Actress Nominated Lucy in House
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Supporting Young Actress Won Maxine in The Last Day of Summer
Grace Award Most Inspirational Television Acting Won Hannah Cottrell in Saving Sarah Cain
BFCA Critics' Choice Award 2010 Best Young Actress Nominated Isabelle Cahill in Brothers
Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated


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